Country Flower Power

| 3/29/2012 12:18:57 AM

Tags: Rural Life, Rural Living, Country Life, Country Living, Homesteading, Gardens, Flowers, Marie James,

Marie James head shotJim and I have been starting some seeds indoors this month. We’ve always just done a few in a sunny window, but this year we hung some lights on the underside of a closet shelf to provide an area for several flats of seeds to get going.

Starting seeds indoors gives us a jump start on our growing season, which is a bit short in our region, with only four frost-free months. It will also save us some money if our tomato and pepper starts do well and we don’t have to buy nursery plants.


 seeds started in flat 

Last year we had our first garden on our property, and we planted only vegetables. As I was tidying up the veggie patch last fall, I realized that I had really missed having a flower bed. We do have beautiful wildflowers all around us all summer, but I would have enjoyed some color and variety in some of the “brown and beige” areas close to our home.

It kind of dawned on me … along with food production, the visual interest of flowers is an important part of rural living too.

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